Published On: Thu, Apr 5th, 2018

Children’s rights films at Belair Community Center

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PHILIPSBURG – Friday at 7.30 p.m. five mini-movies will be featured at the Belair Community Center as part of Unicef’s Children’s Rights Film Festival. Minister Jorien Wuite (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) said on Wednesday that the festival is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands and now also in the Caribbean.

“Children learn in a playful way about their rights. The festival teaches children in an interactive way about their rights with programs that link up with creative subjects and world orientation,” the minister said. “By engaging with other children they gain more knowledge and awareness about the rights of children. They learn to stand up for themselves and they learn to portray a story in a creative way.”

The children of five different schools have produced films about children’s rights with the help of a professional coach.

The school that presents the best film on Friday will go to the regional finals in Curacao on April 14.

“For the past two months children aged 9 to 13 have been learning about their rights,” Minister Wuite said. “Several scripts have been carried out, including drawings and exhibitions. The winning drawings have been turned into a film with the help of film coach Anderson Percival.”

Photo caption: Minister Jorien Wuite. Photo Hilbert Haar.